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The Logic Model Guidebook: Better Strategies for Great Results Paperback – October 2, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1412958646 ISBN-10: 1412958644

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc (October 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412958644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412958646
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lisa Wyatt Knowlton, Ed.D.

Lisa is a cycling enthusiast, Lake Michigan fan, adoption advocate and voracious reader. She holds a BA in International Relations from Michigan State University, an MPA from Western Michigan University, and an EdD in Management and Policy from Western Michigan University. Her work history includes senior roles in programming and management of private, community, and corporate philanthropy along with organizational development and government relations. She has managed many large change projects for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation as well as the Aspen Institute, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Independent Sector, Ball, Nokomis, and Kauffman Foundations. Lisa is a W. K. Kellogg National Leadership Fellow with deep experience in Central America, Asia, and Europe. Lisa authors a blog called tinker. She is a contributor to Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations (Sage, 2011). Her areas of specialization include strategy, organization development, leadership, change management, and systems thinking. She is Chief Strategy Officer, management guru, and learning coach with Phillips Wyatt Knowlton, Inc. She also speaks Spanish. You can reach her via e-mail at: lisawk@pwkinc.com.



Cynthia C. Phillips, Ph.D.

Cynthia is a birder, recovering aerobics instructor with 30 million meters rowed, and cyber-sleuth. She received a BS in Biology and Chemistry from Indiana University, an MA in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University, and a PhD in Measurement, Research & Evaluation from Western Michigan University. Her experience includes consultation with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Ball Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Nokomis, Kauffman, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundations in the design and implementation of evaluation, evaluation training, and knowledge management projects. She is the author of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide. Cynthia is a sought-after presenter on logic models and knowledge management. Her areas of specialization and expertise include evaluation/measurement; knowledge management; organizational learning; logic models, quantitative methods, and qualitative methods; and electronic data collection and dissemination. Cynthia offers a user-friendly approach to evaluation capacity building. She is Chief Idea Engineer, and measurement expert with Phillips Wyatt Knowlton, Inc. You can reach her via e-mail at: cynthiap@pwkinc.com.

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Anyone involved in nonprofit work can benefit substantially by reading the book and applying its wisdom.
Dave Dempsey
There are numerous models and real-world examples of `logic models in action' for the reader to gain an understanding of practical applications.
Cheryl L. Endres
The authors should be congratulated for producing such an extremely well presented, refreshing and useful book.
Del Goodrick

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl L. Endres on November 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Logic Model Guidebook uses a conversational style to walk through a practical, step-by-step process of developing and using logic models. The authors emphasize that the logic models should be an integral part of both planning and implementation of programs, and that they are also a valuable strategic planning tool at the project, organizational, and systems level. This is an important idea, since the process of logic modeling can be used to ensure that the various stakeholders hold a shared vision of the purpose of the effort being undertaken, which will lead to more effective implementation. The authors suggest that logic models are a useful tool for strategic planning, clarifying program goals and ensuring the "right" things are measured, and allow the program to connect to the system (such as health services for children) in which it operates.

The Guidebook is separated into two parts; Construction and Applications, and each chapter begins with learning objectives, works through the content and ends with discussion questions and realistic application examples. Illustrations and charts are provided for the visual learner, along with narrative to explain the concepts presented. Each chapter ends with reflection questions and an application exercise, making it suitable for use in a workshop or course. Supplemental readings related to the topics in each chapter (both print and internet based) are located at the end of each chapter so the reader can do further research to deepen their understanding of the concepts as they move through the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave Dempsey on November 3, 2008
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As an employee and sometimes executive of nonprofit organizations for almost two decades, I found this book refreshingly original, practical and specific in improving my thinking about effective strategies. Anyone involved in nonprofit work can benefit substantially by reading the book and applying its wisdom.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RJoz on November 28, 2011
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I came across this book right after it was first published, while doing research for a doctoral class in change management. One of the requirements for the research project in the class was to build a logic model based on a real-world issue and organization. The text for the class simply did not adequately explain logic models or their construction, and I actually even had a hard time fully understanding the concept using that text as well as the free book available from the Kellogg foundation. After some research on Amazon, I found this book and ordered it in the hopes that it would help.

What I found after reading this book is that it totally opened my mind up to the real-world development and application of a logic model, better than any previous texts or even my worthy professor had done. I was able to fully engage the concept for my research project, and even went on the use the book as a guide when I was asked to later consult on some issues at the college where I worked. Additionally, after my research project was completed for the above-mentioned class, I showed the text to my professor. He was greatly impressed with the book and mentioned that he would implement this book into his future courses on logic model development - it is that good of a book.

What the authors have accomplished, as alluded to by at least one other reviewer, is to explain all that you need to know about logic model development and usage in plain, easy to understand language that serves to teach the subject without overwhelming the reader with unnecessary verbage. The text can be considered, for me at least, the 'Logic Models for Dummies' book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul L. Bundick on October 28, 2012
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Frankly I was a bit disappointed. I was expecting something more profound really looking at causal models in the age of complexity. I found it advances our understanding little beyond the logical framework introduced by Practical concepts in the 1970s.Pretty much a repeat of old ideas updated for a contemporary audience.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Del Goodrick on November 29, 2008
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I was really excited to hear of this book and delighted when it arrived from the US into my letterbox in Melbourne, Australia.

I have been working with program logic and program theory for several years and have applied mapping tools to organisational strategy, business planning, outcomes mapping and program evaluation. While there are a number of articles, manuals, handbooks and edited chapters in books on these topics, few books have comprehensively covered logic models.

For several years I have been searching for a resource that addressed the central elements of logic mapping with a thoughtful analysis of their strengths and limitations. The search is over! This book provides an excellent overview of logic models. It scopes the issues and processes informing their development and reinforces key points with case study examples illustrating the varieties of logic maps that can be developed for particular situations and contexts.

This book has made an important contribution to extending my thinking and practice. It will be a book I certainly will recommend to my colleagues.

The authors should be congratulated for producing such an extremely well presented, refreshing and useful book. I am confident it will make a real contribution to program planning and to program evaluation.
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